When I walked into the stone-floored lobby, it was filled with a group of teenagers in town for a sports tournament. Catering to groups like this one and also targeting business travelers, the Best Western offers several nice features: an outdoor pool, on-site dining, free parking, and laundry facilities.
In the morning you can get a hot breakfast buffet upstairs in the full service restaurant for $7.95. Lunch and dinner choices include sandwiches, steak, shrimp and a catfish basket. Get a table by the windows. The best thing up here is the amazing view of the area around you.
If you don't want to eat in the hotel, there's a Dunkin Doughnuts within walking distance as well as other restaurants nearby.
From the front desk, I took a fast glass elevator up to a room. There I found a very spacious living area complete with loveseat in front of a French style armoire. There was a long desk and high speed Internet access. The wood furniture was a little chipped, and the mint green chair rail and crown molding seemed a bit dull. With that said, the A/C was blasting so that the room was comfortable despite the muggy Louisiana summer heating up the outside. There was a safe with key in the closet, a separate table with a phone, and a great view. Shuttles frequently run into the French Quarter, and there is also shuttle service to the airport. I liked the electric "street lamps" in some of the public spaces....
The Best Western shows a little wear, but it's sure to offer a comfortable stay halfway between the airport and New Orleans.
July 12, 2004
From journal Haunted New Orleans